Written by Godfrey AKON

FG to rehabilitate deported migrants

The Federal Government has assured Edo State Government of its maximum support in its effort to provide educational rehabilitation for the large number of deported illegal migrants and trafficked persons in the state.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who gave the assurance in Abuja while exchanging views with the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, pledged government’s help beyond requests made by the Governor to tackle the crisis and advance the educational levels of the victims.

A statement from the education ministry said Adamu advised Obaseki to make a formal request to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, for special interventions to four Tertiary Institutions to be used as training centers for the victims.

The governor had earlier appealed to the minister to consider special help for the state to upgrade its three Colleges of Education and a Polytechnic to be used to train the returnees.

He explained that his government’s research reviewed that most of the deported migrants and trafficked persons have low academic levels, adding that equipping them with better education and skills will enhance their orientations and lifestyles.

Obaseki assured that Edo State will meet whatever criteria that would qualify the designated tertiary institutions to merit TETFund interventions.

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